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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science


Our research is helping to address some of today’s major global challenges, including climate change, social and health inequalities, sustainable development; conservation of biodiversity; poverty and recession.

As a School we have received research funding from all major research councils in the UK, the European Union, and leading national and international Charities. We rank within the top 5 UK geography departments for research income, which now (2020) exceeds £5 Million per year, a volume that has doubled in the last five years.

We have more than 50 active research projects in more than 40 countries across all continents, thus making us truly global.

Understanding population movement

How can mobile phones help tackle global challenges like the spread of disease or getting aid to the victims of natural disasters?

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Being a scientist

Professor Mary Edwards shares some thoughts on how she became a scientist and what it's been like to work in the Arctic throughout her career so far

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Research to influence policy

Professor Emma Tompkins describes her work with the Intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC).

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Our research groups

Student and staff research is organised into research groups:

22 July 2021

Prestigious international scholarship for ...

International Geography and Environmental Science postgraduate appl...

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12 July 2021

Large-scale greening and changes in produc...

The African drylands (Figure 1) is inhabited by close to 270 millio...

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23 April 2021

Understanding the Census: an interview wit...

In March 2021, the Census was carried out in England and Wales whil...

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Research rankings

Geography and Environmental Science is ranked 8th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2021.

The quality of our research places Geography at Southampton 11th in the UK(REF 2014). We are top 5 in the UK for our research outputs (REF 2014) and we achieved 100% for our research environment.

For a taster of past projects our Making a Global Impact brochure showcases some of our research highlights and you can learn more about our impact here.

Our academic team

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Find out more about our lively and diverse research-active academic team

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